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Stephen Strasburg: Mike Rizzo talks of 'one-pitch' injury

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo discussed Stephen Strasburg's injury in a noontime interview with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on ESPN 980.

"First, I just want to say that Stephen doesn't want any funeral type of thing. Tommy John surgery isn't open heart surgery. We're going to see him a year from today. He's gonna be bigger and better than ever. He's focused on the surgery and the rehabitation and getting back here. ... There's no wake here."

"He's going to put all that competitive edge into this rehabilitation."

Was Strasburg injured on one pitch or was this from wear and tear? Rizzo called the earlier MRIs on Strasburg "pristine," then said:

"I listen to the opinion of the doctors and they feel it was probably a one-pitch event. The MRI we took [Thursday] was dramatically changed from the MRI we took when we drafted him."

The tick tock of events:

"The dry MRI was problematic; that's the reason why we got the arthrogram [an MRI in which dye is injected into the area]. The confusing thing is that Stephen came to the ballpark the next day [Sunday], there was no discomfort, no swelling. He passed the [two pitching] tests the doctors gave him in Philadelphia."

Did Rizzo anticipate the arthrogram would reveal a problem?

"I did go in with my eyes wide open and thought it looked like there was going to be problem."

How Strasburg was told the news:

"On Monday, Stan Kasten and Jim Riggleman and I had the conversation with him that the dry MRI came back and there some problems, some things we didn't like. We told him we were going to give him the [arthrogram]."

How Strasburg handled the news:

"We can't forget he is a 22-year-old man. He was upset by the news. He was confused at first how could it happen -- my arms feels good. He turned that attitude into ... once we settled down and got the big picture, he's going to put his competitive juices into his rehab."

And, since Rob Dibble's name has come up...

"I have no problem with Rob Dibble. He's a baseball guy, but honestly I was upset by the comments. He made uninformed comments. The media has the right to dive in and say anything they want about performance on the field and believe me I've got no problem with criticism about the way I handle business. ...

"When you go into a guy's commitment [on the field], that's a slippery slope."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 27, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  Nationals , Stephen Strasburg  
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Rizzo was "upset" by Dibble. Grow up! Be an adult! Agree or disagree with him, but good god, let the man say what he wants. We can take it. And all this APOLOGIZING by Dibble lately. Stop it! Say what you want. If some Post sports blogger or the GM or anonymous commenters give you grief: So what! Stick to your guns. We can take it. Those who can't know that all they have to do is whine or declare themselves offended, to get Dibble to either back off, apologize on the air, or get fired. This is way too much influence for a minority of children. As a representative of the VAST silent majority, I say to the whiners: Stick to critiquing the guy's ties. Or Carpenter's weird man-love for the Cardinals. Dibble is who he is. He brings that tough-guy thing to the table. This frightens way too many people in this town.

Posted by: Craig_Colgan | August 27, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

If by "tough guy" you mean mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging moron, then -- yes -- he does bring that to the table.

Posted by: dby6 | August 27, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Is Dibble in any way related to Glenn Beck?

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | August 27, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy Rob Dibble's commentary and I don't want to see Rob or anyone else overly sensored. But there is a point at which you cross the line, and in my opinion Rob crossed it, and he was pretty verbose about it to boot. He didn't just state his opinion, it became an attack on Strasburg. Not to mention Rob's lack of judgment in not waiting for the medical test results before presenting himself as having more expertise from afar than the attending physicians.

Posted by: jdVA | August 27, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Dibble should absolutely feel free to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants.

I just would prefer he doesn't say it from behind a microphone that's hooked up to my TV, is all.

Posted by: yatesc1 | August 27, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I haven't heard a single word about Dibble's comments outside of a small pocket of the internet. I honestly have no idea why these Post Sports / Twitter chicks are so obsessed with him.

Posted by: LouLewis | August 27, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

up until the stupid "tough it out" statement by Dibble, I actually think he has been a very good commentator -- if only he would shut up with the obvious homer-ism and rooting ...

analyze the game, stop being a cheerleader ... beyond that most of his analysis has been pretty good IMO from what I've seen & learned in 50 yrs. of playing & watching baseball.

At this point he does have to eat crow, however, on one front.

Posted by: fendertweed | August 27, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo is the ultimate spin doctor. Does he really believe that this was incredibly bad luck and if that one pitch hadn't been thrown that Strasburg wouldn't have gotten injured? Come on, this was trouble waiting to happen. Even Tim Kurkjian, the ultimate Strasburg sycophant, manned up enough to appear on ESPN and say that putting Strasburg in the intense spotlight of the bug leagues with all the media hype probably caused him to try too hard to make every pitch a killer. Oops, Kurkjian IS part of the overblown media hype.

Posted by: ralphwilliams1 | August 27, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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